Self esteem for fifth grade girls does not come easy, and a school district is doing something about it.
A Girls United program is starting in the New London-Spicer School District in hopes of encouraging positive relationships between girls and teaching them to be respectful of one another. The activities will include team-building, crafts, yoga and healthy eating. Girls will meet with women who are positive role models, and get to wear hot pink Girls United T-shirts.
We want to encourage positive interaction and problem-solving among peers and promote healthy self-esteem and girl empowerment,” said Middle School Principal Trish Perry, in an interview. “We want girls to be confident.”
Perry says that while challenges have been around for girls for years, social media has changed the dynamic of how girls relate to one another. “There are different challenges than what girls used to face,” she said. “Now it’s in your face from when you step off the bus until you go to bed.”
The Girls United program is fully funded by the NLS Parent Teacher Organization, which will help make it financially accessible to every girl.